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. >> on to business news now, the german economy contracted in the final quarter of last year as the eurozone crisis took its toll, but europe's biggest economy still managed to post modest growth of 0.7%. >> that may not sound like much, but it is more than you expect from most eurozone economies. >> the eurozone crisis has not been able to dampen the mood among eurozone consumers. they are still hitting shops and helping the economy grow modestly. >> despite big increases in the cost of energy, raw materials, and oil, private consumption is up. that is the first reason. the second is that the german economy remained competitive last year despite a weaker environment, and that has given exports a boost. >> exports are the backbone of the german economy. they continued to grow last year, albeit at a slower rate. companies are proceeding with caution. they are cutting investment amid uncertainty about what the new year will hold, especially for the eurozone. in 2011, the german economy grew by 3%. that figure dropped to 0.7% last year. the economy even contracted in the final quarter. the government
a gun laws is getting more pronounced. >> thanks very much from washington. will the german economy continued to slow? more on that later in this program. >> first, here's a look at some other stories making news. >> russian court has denied a request for leniency from a member of the punk band pussy riot. one member has sought a deferral of her presence sentence until her 5-year-old son turns 14. she was convicted of hooliganism after a protest during services in moscow church. >> the taliban have claimed responsibility for a suicide attack targeting the afghan intelligence agency. officials said two guards were killed when the bomber who blew up his car in front of the country's headquarters -- the interior ministry says security forces shot dead four other attackers. >> in iraq, more than 30 people have been killed in a series of attacks that appear to have targeted kurds. two car bombs exploded. one of them blew up outside a kurdish political party office. a third in a nearby town. >> the two biggest airlines have found their entire fleets of boeing 7873liner -- 787 dreamliners.
on the condition of germany's economy, the economics minister was keen to take as much credit as possible for record employment numbers, rising income, and falling debt. >> it is no accident that our economy is in good shape. it is no accident that new jobs are being created every day. they were created by the efforts of the german people, but they were also created by this governing coalition from >> but the opposition social democrats promptly pounced on the economics minister's claims. >> if you had anything to do with economic growth, then you have heard growth even more than you have hurt your own party's election results. >> the man who hopes to take chancellor merkel's job later this year accused her of failing to recognize the dangers of an unrestrained financial system. >> for too long, the government has tried to pretend it is all just a debt crisis of other individual countries, but that is only part of the story. now the truth is going to hit you in german taxpayers where it hurts. >> merkel and her cabinet are now hoping economies across europe will start to pick up before th
as european credit woes continue to weigh on the global economy. officials announce on tuesday that nearly 200 million people worldwide were jobless in 2012. that's an increase of more than 4 million from the previous year. officials say unemployment grew not only in western countries but also in east asia and the middle east. nay say european debt problems affected emerging economies by hurting trade. youth unemployment is also on the rise. people aged 15 to 24 are counted for over a third of the total number. officials are urging governments to boost job training programs for young people. looking ahead officials say global unemployment will continue to rise this year to over 220 million. they site the sluggish global economic recovery as a reason. south korean journalists have voted toyota motors camry car of the year. representatives from the japanese automaker collected the trophy for the u.s. built sedan at a ceremony in seoul. the journalists praised the cars price competitiveness. it beat 44 models introduced last year including vehicles by bmw. toyota executives we began shipping cars
the regional economy continue to gradually grow. in japan machinery orders will be released. this important gauge showed a 2.6 month on month increase in october. on friday china will announce gdp data for 2012 as well as for the whole year. between july and september gdp expanded 7.4% from a year earlier. now just a few minutes ago i read that the dollar is trading at a 2$2.5 year low. that dollar is trading at a 2.5 year high. here is the market recaps. >>> japan women want to have place to turn for help. 25 institutions in japan now offer invitro fertilization. they have to find their own donor. donors will have to younger than 35 years old. they must already have children and be willing to donate eggs without compensation. recipients must be under 40 and they must have illnesses or genetic abnormalities that prevent them from conceiving. donors won't be allowed to meet the recipients, but the children will be allowed to see details about the donor when they turn 15. >>> thousands of people waiting to go home. tons of debris waiting for disposal. vast tracts of land awaiting to be restor
. >> two years after the jasmine revolution, you feel like celebrating. the economy is contracting -- few feel like celebrating. the economy is contracting. the unemployment rate is higher than before ben ali's ousting. >> it is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. millions of indians have bates together in the ganges to mark the start of the -- have bathed together in the ganges to mark the start of the maha kumbh mela religious festival. >> environmentalists have warned before that the ganges is heavily polluted. some 110 million people are expected to take part in the religious festival, which runs until mid-march. that is all for now. remember, you can find out more about these and other stories at our website, www.dw.de. >> thank you for watching. see you next time. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org--
. he has promised to pull japan out of deflation and revitalize the economy. and he wants to reinforce ties with countries considered to be engines of growth. abe had hoped to make washington his first foreign visit. but u.s. officials couldn't find time because of president obama's inauguration. still, abe wants to visit as soon as possible. he says the alliance is the foundation of japanese security in an increasingly difficult environment. japanese and american diplomats have been struggling to agree on how to relocate a u.s. military base in okinawa. they've run into strong opposition from residents. on top of that, the americans have been pressuring the japanese to start talks on a free trade agreement. farmers and lobby groups are urging abe not to join the transpacific partnership. many wonder how abe will balance these pressures as he tries to achieve these goals. nhk world. >>> four days of anti-government protests in pakistan have come to an end. patchari raksawong joins us from bangkok with an update on the situation. >> good evening, gene. the protests may be over but the p
. >> and an international audience watching on tv. a lot of europeans want to know which way the world's biggest economy is headed and can politicians sort things out. here is a man that thinks he can make a difference the second time around. obama then looked forward to his next and final four years in office calling an end to the politics of division and saying the united states could achieve anything if it acted as one. >> a decade of war is now ending. an economic recovery has begun. america's possibilities are limitless, for we possess all of the qualities this world without boundaries demand, youth and drive, diversity and openness. an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. my fellow americans, we are made for this moment and we will seize it so long as we seize it together. >> our washington correspondent was there. you were at the inauguration. obama had quite a big wish list. take us through it. >> well, it is not really a wish list. inaugural speeches are not the place for a wish list. but you can read between the lines. i would sum it up with two words, unity and equality. a me
of the economy is largely unchanged. the central bank released its economic report on wednesday. the report is based on surveys in 12 federal reserve districts. manufacturing activities are mixed while employment conditions are relatively unchanged from the previous report in november. holiday sales were modestly higher than in 2011 although the figures were below expectations. the overall sassessment is generally positive. it says firms doing business in europe are those in the defense sector might delay hiring workers and that consumers may reduce spending. it's time to get a check on the markets now. let's take a look at the currency market. the dollar is trading above the mid 88 yen level. tokyo traders are seeing a halt in the yen's gain. this follows recent cautious remarks from cabinet ministers about a weak yen. the euro is higher against the yen. tokyo share prices are higher today. the nikkei average is at 106,872 106,872. market participants say the yen's pull back prompted investors to buy up export related issues. taking a look at other markets. south korea's kospi trading high
for february. >> all right, some business news now, and the chinese economy has beaten expectations for the final quarter of 2012 after nearly two years of relatively tepid performance byhe world's secondargest economic power. gross domestic product rose by 7.9% and 7.8% for the year as a whole. analysts say the outlook for china may be improving. chinese exports have continued to fall, but retail sales and industrial production have started to pick up. and germany's second biggest lender, commerzbank, could cut up to 6000 jobs according to a report. while there have been months of speculation over possible cuts, this latest story suggests 1910 positions in germany could go. the bank is not commenting. negotiations with employee representatives are due to begin soon. the german government holds a 25% stake in the bank. it had to be bailed out three years ago. all right, time now for a wrapup of friday's trading action. at the frankfurt stock exchange, here is our reporter. >> early in the morning, the positive growth figures coming from china went down pretty well here on the frankf
a decent economy here if working people have no rights. if people can't bargain with their employer, there is no place in the world where people who bargain can't raise their wages. i think our strategy is to link core issues together so that it's not just, quote, labor or particularly organized labor. as you said, 12%, and that includes the public sector. private sector is under 7%. it's not just labor talking about workers' rights, it's all of us who have a vision of economic justice. let's do something about economic inequality. let's figure out how to stig stigmatize the rising economy. i was at a meeting in california of young new stewards on saturday. this is 7 to 10 years. i've been doing this my whole life. i may not be there at the end of that period, but i'm sure, absolutely certain, that without that kind of basic movement in this country, not just the traditional union agenda, we don't have a chance. on the other hand, with that kind of agenda, i absolutely believe we can change this country as president obama talked about in 2008. the change you can believe in, the chan
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